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Big Sean Donates $15K to Help Homeless College Students, Again

By MCNS Staff

Sean Anderson also known as "Big Sean".

Sean Anderson also known as “Big Sean”.

According to huffpost.com, for the second consecutive year, Big Sean is aiding the youth in his home state of Michigan.

Huffpost.com reports that, through his Sean Anderson Foundation, the rapper supplemented his 2016 contribution of $25,000 by donating $15,000 to Wayne State University’s HIGH (Helping Individuals Go Higher) Program to provide “short-term support” to students experiencing homelessness or “precarious housing situations,” according to a press release.

The HIGH Program aims to address student homelessness at the school by providing food, shelter, childcare, and financial assistance with intentions of returning participants to long-term stability. It was established in 2013.

“It’s such a pleasure to support a program that has an immediate impact on students facing hardship,” Myra Anderson, president of the Sean Anderson Foundation and Sean’s mother, said in the

Baltimore Orioles Adam Jones Donates 20K to Negro Leagues Museum

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Adam Jones of the Baltimore Orioles

Adam Jones of the Baltimore Orioles

According to national reports, Baltimore Orioles outfielder Adam Jones, the target of racial taunts during a recent game in Boston, has donated $20,000 to the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum in Kansas City, Missouri.

The site abcnews.go.com reports that Jones plans to visit the museum and speak with its president, Bob Kendrick, on Saturday before the Orioles continue their series against the Kansas City Royals.

The news site states that the museum was founded by a group of former Negro League stars and is located in the historic 18th and Vine district, a hub of black culture in Kansas City during the first half of the 20th century.

The racist abuse of Jones on May 1 in Boston touched off a discussion of racism across the

Damian Lillard and Portland Trailblazers Donate Playoff Bonuses to Support Staff

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Damian Lillard

Damian Lillard

Basketball players are known for big paychecks and obligatory donations. But Damian Lillard is breaking that mold.

CSN Northwest reports that the Portland Trailblazers players, spurred on by team captain Damian Lillard, decided to donate their playoff checks to the team’s support staff. Those playoff checks amount to about $224K or about $16K per teammate.

For more on the Trailblazers’ donation to the support staff, click here.

 

 

Big Shoe Companies Out of Endorsement Negotiations with Lonzo Ball

By S. Christopher Emerson

UCLA Bruins guard Lonzo Ball with his father Lavar Ball

UCLA Bruins guard Lonzo Ball with his father Lavar Ball

UCLA hoops phenom Lonzo Bell is not being considered for endorsements by the top three basketball shoe and apparel companies, Nike, Under Armour and Adidas, even though many anticipate his promising career ahead of the 2017 NBA Draft.

LaVar Ball, Lonzo’s father and representative in the negotiations, has confirmed that none of those companies were interested in completing a deal with the Ball family.

But that may be because of the elder Ball’s pitch that is unattractive to the companies.

ESPN.com reports that in his meetings with all three companies, LaVar insisted that they license his budding Big Baller Brand. He also showed the companies a shoe prototype he hoped would be Lonzo’s first shoe.

The elder Ball feels that the big shoe companies prefer to have more control of their endorsers and their deals, whereas his pitch is for, at least, equal control.

“We’ve said from the beginning, we aren’t looking for an endorsement deal,” LaVar told ESPN. “We’re looking for co-branding, a true partner. But they’re not ready for that because they’re not used to that model. But hey, the taxi industry wasn’t ready for Uber, either.”